SpaceX launches three rockets in 36 hours

Tue, 21 Jun 2022 03:27:38 GMT
Space Daily

Washington DC (UPI) Jun 21, 2022 SpaceX launched three missions in just over 36 hours, including...

SpaceX launched three missions in just over 36 hours, including two from Florida's Space Coast with most recent a two-stage Falcon 9 early Sunday.

The third rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 12:27 a.m. carrying a communications satellite for Louisiana-based Globalstar.

Earlier, the company founded by billionaire Elon Musk launched 53 Starlink internet satellites at 12:09 p.m. Friday Eastern time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and then sent into space a radar satellite for the German military from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 7:19 a.m. Saturday Pacific.

Sunday morning's launch was Space X's 26th this year and ninth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage.

Ten minutes after liftoff, the first stage went back to Earth, landiing vertically on the SpaceX droneship Just Read The Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

The satellite was deployed into orbit about 1 hour and 50 minutes after launch.

Falcon 9 rocket is 229 feet tall and the Globalstar satellite weighed 1,543 pounds.

Globalstar did give details about the launch of its spare satellite before liftoff, and SpaceX also didn't mention the payload. In the other flight from Florida, the Falcon 9's first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday said SpaceX will be required to make more than 75 changes to the orbital launch program at its Starbase launch site in Texas after determining there would be some environmental impacts to the surrounding area.

Elon Musk's SpaceX must obtain either an experimental permit or a vehicle operator license from the FAA for Starship and Super Heavy launch operations from the Boca Chica facility.